ALBANY, N.Y. December 29, 2018 – New York State United Teachers President Andy Pallotta today released the following statement reacting to the governor’s veto of so-called enhanced maintenance of effort legislation.
The bill would have required the state to fund more of the system’s mandatory costs, such as utilities; building rentals; collective bargaining agreements; and the so-called TAP Gap.
Pallotta said, “Our SUNY and CUNY systems are economic engines for this state and an affordable path to the middle class for many New Yorkers. The systems should be investing more in core instruction and not using students’ tuition dollars to fund required costs. While this veto is disappointing, we will continue to work with the Legislature and governor for a much greater state investment in its own public higher education systems.”
New York State United Teachers is a statewide union with more than 600,000 members in education, human services and health care. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.